Talk:The Spamming of Erfwiki

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Oh. My. God. This page is 100% win! Now I want to write a series of articles regarding the history of the wiki! The obvious previous "battle" would be fighting the bots before there were admins. For historical reasons, I present what little was written at the time.

Lets see... after that, the current list of Admins were all promoted at the same time, then the first casualty would be User talk:

14:50, 23 September 2010, Miment (Talk | contribs | block) blocked (Talk) (infinite, anon. only)

Miment 04:54, 28 January 2011 (UTC)

Just collecting my thoughts here, tell me if this is a silly idea. Got the new main page. Main Page got unlocked so registered users can use it:

Loving it mate. Copy paste The Spamming of Erfwiki into a new page and edit it around, or I'll do it and you can finish the job with what you remember. --Charles 06:07, 28 January 2011 (UTC)

Also, Protecting the pages most often created stops bots from re-making them. I'll be using this more often.

Just Noticed Something

The bots disapear when the East Coast USA goes to sleep...

Battle Analysis

The first wave was primarily job offers, while the latest seems to be mostly car stuffs. And of course, who can miss the occasional shots of shockamancy, with such gems as "Gritty Handjobs" and "Relationship Affairs Message Boards"? -- No one in particular 04:55, 31 January 2011 (UTC)

On the 31st of January, No one in particular was incapacitated for a turn by a bit of friendly fire, but made a full recovery thanks to Commander I Heartly Noah. -- No one in particular 18:27, 1 February 2011 (UTC)
And now they seem to have gone back to Job spam. Will the fun never cease? -- No one in particular 08:49, 3 February 2011 (UTC)
And now they're doing both! How...pedestrian. Jorgath 20:58, 9 February 2011 (UTC)
Need Bureaucrat... Grrrr
I wonder if its possible to block the creation of pages with certain words in the name... like "job" --Charles 22:46, 9 February 2011 (UTC)
Probably, but if so only the Bureaucrat could do it. Also, what if Rob wants to make a joke on the word "job?" If it is possible for Harknell to do it, he should really only block the...ah, shockamancy...words from appearing in titles. Jorgath 01:45, 10 February 2011 (UTC)
Noticing that a lot of the most recent wave - most of them, in fact - are usernames who were previously banhammered for 1 week coming out of ban and recreating the same spampages they were banned for the first time. Should just ban indefinitely for this kind of thing. Jorgath 16:10, 10 February 2011 (UTC)
Protecting seems unnecessary now, infinite bans do the trick against this problem. Jorgath 21:31, 17 February 2011 (UTC)

The spammers managed a few attacks on the capital city of Homepage before defenses were tightened, and have settled in to random skirmishes at previously unclaimed sites. Often these sites (which are inevitably filled with the filth and chaos of the Spammers, who seem incapable of true organization) are quickly spotted by the scouts Charles or Noip, or the Ad-Men themselves, who rush to raze the outposts and put the Spammer to the ban-hammer. The themes which seem to run strongest in these outposts are the promises of moneymancy, with the occasional burst of shockamancy. Frustratingly, a few times now the skirmishes have been extended by the Spammers calling in their natural allies the Uploaded Images. -- No one in particular 14:01, 6 March 2011 (UTC)

As the war drags on (despite predictions being that it will all be over by Christmas), the Spammers continue to augment their basic battle plan. Some time in the last few days, they've started using a primitive form of dittomancy. Previously, a batch of spammers would be popped, quickly set up a page each, and be banned. A few times now, one spammer has managed to create a couple of pages before having to rest. These spammers with multiple attacks per turn have been rare enough that it is still unknown whether they are elite mooks, the first wave of a new generation of spammer, or...who knows? At any rate, they can be banned just like all the rest. We soldier on. -- No one in particular 22:57, 13 March 2011 (UTC)
They adapt again. Their latest attacks seem to be heavy on the date-a-mancy. -- No one in particular 14:38, 24 March 2011 (UTC)
Augh... god... they hit us hard starting last night. Real hard. I don't know where they found them, but they got some new Allies... the Cheerleaders. They're fast, they're many, they're brainless. They attack everywhere and obliterate whole sections of the wiki with meaningless encouragements. "Wow, that's a good answer!" BOOM, the Wanda-Sizemore Relationship is gone. "LOL wish I'd thought of that!" BOOM the archive reference templates are crippled. Thankfully, they don't even have names, so hopefully once they're put down, they won't ever get up again. -- No one in particular 16:33, 12 April 2011 (UTC)
A second wave of Cheerleaders was popped recently, and they attacked everywhere. Text transcripts, user pages, each other, wiki templates, even pages that have already been deleted.Things were looking grim, until a brief appearance by the Titan Balder rallied the defenders of Erfwiki. GRuban, Charles, and a few unnamed editors fought valiantly, undoing edits where they could, until an Ad-Men could finish off the Spammers.

While the Spammers and their Cheerleaders continue their relentless assault, the morale of the Defenders of the Wiki is greatly improved by the appearance of reinforcements. With aid of scouts RemusEiren, Karlito, ChroniclerC, Namegduf, Abb3w, Rpeh, and a few who go unnamed, the Ad-Men are able to focus on swinging the ban-hammer and deleting pages, leaving the identification of targets and reclamation of Cheered content to others. -- No one in particular 21:22, 4 May 2011 (UTC)

I've Got It!

The reason we're getting all this weight loss spam is because Parson is fat.

Higher Wiki-Fu required

There's something broken in Template:ArchiveLink causing "And I thought I was the sensible one. Thanks for"(etc) to appear in the template (and possibly invocations of it) for no obvious-to-me reason. It's possibly some manner of cache issue, as I just reverted a bit of vandalism there on those lines.

I leave off the end of the quote from the cheerleader, as the misspelling of "straight" might be a distinctive clue as to where the ultimate underlying problem is; however, Advanced Search of all namespaces combined turns up nothing. If you figure it out, please fix and also post a brief explanation. This doubtless won't be the last time the bot-net monkeys with a template. Abb3w 13:29, 5 May 2011 (UTC)

  • Evidently, a cache issue. Abb3w 00:38, 8 May 2011 (UTC)